People are freaking out over what a no-deal Brexit will look like 

The U.K. government was forced to release documents Wednesday, detailing the assessment of what a no-deal Brexit will look like. And it looks bad.

Fuel shortages, job losses, trouble at the Republic of Ireland-U.K. border, a delay in receiving medicines, and a decrease in fresh food are just some of the things the government expects to happen if the U.K. leaves the European Union without reaching a deal come Brexit deadline on Oct. 31–a deadline Prime Minister Boris Johnson isn’t budging on. Members of Parliament voted on Monday for the government to release the documents, dubbed “Operation Yellowhammer.”

The documents were previously leaked, but this was the first time they were released to the public in an official capacity. The government claims that the documents simply lay out the absolute “worst-case scenario” and that it is more prepared now, but the public–along with the official opposition Labour Party–isn’t buying it.

Some believe the document isn’t comprehensive enough and that the full assessment is actually much, much worse.

“Once you’ve read the #Yellowhammer documents; fear the nightmares their bleak picture paints & consider this: The released & redacted papers actually hide the worst of a No Deal Brexit,” one Twitter user wrote.

Many are freaking out, with many pointing to the dire effect medicine shortages will have on citizens.

“If there is a shortage of drugs, there is a real risk that: Some who require certain drugs to survive may die if there is disruption. Others with chronic conditions may have conditions become life-threatening. Flu outbreaks may be much deadlier,” one Twitter user pointed out. “Worth it?”

You can read Operation Yellowhammer in full here.

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Siobhan Ball

Siobhan Ball

Siobhan Ball is a historian, archivist, and journalist. She also writes for Autostraddle and bi.org